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Navy “Hawkeye” radar aircraft crash off Maryland/Virginia coast kills one and injures

Bycbs editor

Mar 31, 2022

Ocean City, Md. — A U.S. Navy plane with 3 humans aboard crashed in waters close to the Eastern Shore boundary of Virginia and Maryland Wednesday evening, killing one, government stated.

Lt. Cmdr. Rob Myers, a public affairs officer with Naval Air Force Atlantic, informed The Associated Press the aircraft became undertaking recurring flight operations withinside the area of Wallops Island, Virginia, while it went down round 7:30 p.m.

The injured have been rescued through the U.S. Coast Guard and one became observed useless withinside the plane, an E2-D Hawkeye, Myers stated.

A assertion launched through Myers at Naval Air Force Atlantic in Virginia stated the 2 crewmembers have accidents that are not taken into consideration lifestyles-threatening.

The Navy stated the identities of the group participants were not being launched — pending notification of subsequent of relatives of the only whose lifestyles became misplaced and out pf privateness issues for the opposite .

The aircraft, a sophisticated tactical airborne early caution plane – a radar aircraft, CBS News country wide safety correspondent David Martin explains – is primarily based totally out of Naval Station Norfolk and assigned to an East Coast Airborne Command and Control Squadron.

Ryan Whittington, a spokesman for Maryland’s Ocean City Fire Department, informed The Associated Press that it and different organizations have been at the scene after the aircraft went down in Chincoteague Bay close to the network of Stockton.

Whittington stated a volunteer hearthplace branch in Stockton became the primary to reply upon getting a name round 7:30 p.m., and different organizations assisted.

He stated waters withinside the bay have been quite calm as divers from his hearthplace branch and an extra helped rescue humans from the aircraft. He introduced that they have been taken to a hospital.

“One character became caught withinside the aircraft,” Whittington stated, including crews have been running to dispose of the 1/3 character.

Whittington stated emergency responders have been staged at a George Island Landing, a place simply at the Maryland facet of the road with Virginia at the west facet of Chincoteague Bay. The Eastern Shore vicinity is set a hundred and fifty miles east-southeast of Washington, D.C